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QPS writing up drone policy

QPS is writing a new policy for drone usage. QPS is writing a new policy for drone usage.

Quincy Public Schools is creating a new policy for using drones on their property.

Superintendent Roy Webb said it came up at Tuesday night's policy committee meeting. 

He said school district attorneys said the district owns the airspace up to five hundred feet above its properties, and the committee is now working to create a policy requiring drone pilots to get permission from administrators before they fly.

"We've heard of other school districts that had drones show up at graduation ceremonies, at their football games, and at other events." Webb said. "Sometimes it's not just one drone, but it could be two or three drones in the same area. So we're trying to head off a problem that might happen in the future."

Webb added that the next step is writing the policy, then committee members can review it at their November meeting.

Keith Kmieciak, a "drone advocate" has challenged similar local policies and rulings. 

"I've challenged six cities and won all six," said Kmieciak. 

Kmieciak said the school cannot prohibit flying a drone above their property. 

"Once the drone gets one inch off the ground the school would no longer have jurisdiction," said Kmieciak. "The FAA is the only one that can regulate air traffic." 

Kmieciak said the school could prohibit people from standing on the school property while they fly, but could not prohibit people from standing across the street and flying their drone over the school. 

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